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David VitaleDavid Vitale is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions. In his research, David seeks to use the concept of political trust as a means of analyzing and evaluating the protection of social rights by the state. He does so by drawing upon, and importing into social rights law, ideas from political theory, philosophy, sociology and psychology. At the Minerva Center, David’s work will focus on questions of political trust and social rights protection in the specific context of socioeconomic crises.

David holds an LLM (Legal Theory) from New York University (NYU), an LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School, and in September 2017, submitted his thesis towards a PhD in Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Additionally, David holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Toronto (BSc (Hons)).

Previously, David has served as a judicial clerk to the Justices of the Court of Appeal for Ontario as well as the Supreme Court of Israel, has conducted research with the Center for Constitutional Transitions, and has worked as a research assistant to various professors at LSE, NYU, Osgoode and the American University in Cairo.